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Eritrean asylum seekers

The origins and politics of Israel's refugee debate

Date: 28.1.14 Source: +972 magazine, Michael Omer-Man
An in-depth look at the historical and political developments that shaped Israel’s current African asylum-seeker crisis — and one way to resolve it that meets Israel’s own needs while doing right by those who most need its protection

Dozens of activists reach out to Holot detainees

Date: 18.1.14 Source: YNET, Matti Siver
Activists for rights of asylum seekers visit Negev detention center, bring supplies, food, blankets, to express support to detainees

UN: Israel immigration rules could breach intl. law

Date: 10.1.14 Source: PressTV
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Israel’s new immigration rules could breach international law as they enable the indefinite detention of asylum-seekers.

Tel Aviv: Eritreans commemorate compatriots killed in Italy boat tragedy

Date: 12.10.13 Source: Ynet
Week after at least 300 Eritreans drown when boat carrying migrants capsizes off Italian shore line, south Tel Aviv's Eritrean community holds ceremony commemorating victims. By Omri Efraim

People smugglers 'target Eritrean asylum seekers'

Date: 26.8.13 Source: SBS
An SBS investigation has found asylum-seekers from Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa, are paying people-smugglers thousands of dollars to get them to Australia

Eritrean asylum seekers call for end to 'voluntary' deportations

Date: 28.7.13 Source: The Jerusalem Post
Migrants say prisoners in Israeli detention centers were extorted for their agreement to "voluntarily" return to Eritrea. By BEN HARTMAN

Asylum seekers: We beg the Israeli government – protect us

Date: 28.7.13 Source: Ynet
Eritrean refugees hold press conference in protest of 'willful emigration' directive, allegedly allowing detained asylum seekers to leave voluntarily. 'In Israel they call it willful emigration, but with no alternative, there is nothing willful about it. To deport us to Eritrea is to sentence us to death,' migrant say. By Omri Efraim

PHOTOS: Tel Aviv marks World Refugee Day with music, theater

Date: 24.6.13 Source: 972MAGAZINE
Since 2001, June 20th is celebrated globally as World Refugee Day. In Israel, there are 55,000 asylum seekers, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, two of the main source countries for refugees worldwide, a new UN report shows. Text by: Yotam Gidron

Asylum Seekers Struggle to Survive Under Israeli Restrictions

Date: 24.6.13 Source: IPS
“[A refugee] doesn’t have family here. He doesn’t have community support. He doesn’t have any money from the government. He has nothing. So he’s ready to work 15 hours a day,” explained Orit Marom, advocacy coordinator at the Aid Organisation for Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Israel (ASSAF). By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours


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